Thomas Newmark is president of New Chapter, Inc. of Brattleboro, Vermont and a co-owner of Luna Nueva Farm in Costa Rica, which has perfected the cultivation of organic turmeric and ginger. Tom is author of numerous articles on health topics, and the co-author of The Life Bridge (Herbal Free Press, 2002). Tom has been awarded multiple patents for innovative herbal formulations. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organic Center, and is a founding director of the Demeter Biodynamic® Association of the United States. He is also a founder of Semillas Sagradas, the Sacred Seeds Sanctuary in Costa Rica dedicated to protecting endangered medicinal plants of the neotropics.